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    #1

    wobble/sway

    Can a bridge wobble? Or sway? Or is there some other word?
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    Re: wobble/sway

    A bridge can both wobble and sway.

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    Re: wobble/sway

    Wobble and sway were options in a multiple choice exercise in the Cambridge mock exam for the Certificate of Advanced English that I have done recently. I chose "wobble". But I don't remember the sentence where they were to be used. Can they be used in one and the same sentence? Are there any sentences in which only one of these words can be used?
    The only thing I remember was the bridge _______ so much that....and something like the amplitude was mentioned
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    Re: wobble/sway

    In the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of 'wobble' includes 'unsteady'. Is it possible that the movements of 'wobble' are greater than those of 'sway'?

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    #5

    Re: wobble/sway

    A bridge would sway in the wind- was the weather mentioned?

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    Re: wobble/sway

    The Millennium Bridge in London, on its opening day, swayed dangerously purely due to the number of people walking on it. Although the press referred to it for a little while afterwards as the "Wobbly Bridge".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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